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Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty divisional director Colin McArdle exits

26 Jun 15

Becomes the latest in a steady stream of directors to leave the company

High Court

Barclays sues Hurley Palmer Flatt over data centre design

26 Jun 15

Bank is suing the consultant for £5.7m claiming its work on Gloucestershire project led to huge repair bill

Heat sensitive house picture

Two-thirds of housing providers hit by overheating problems

26 Jun 15

Zero Carbon Hub report says overheating can harm reputation but is not seen as a priority by housebuilders

One Blackfriars

Simpson: Many London towers will never be built

26 Jun 15

Architect behind Berkeley Group’s One Blackfriars says many of 263 proposed building will not get made


Firms eye £6bn Houses of Parliament job

25 Jun 15

Mace, Bechtel and Arup among firms considering bids for Palace of Westminster restoration work


Steve Elliott

Interview: Steve Elliott

26 Jun 15

Steve Elliott took Morgan Sindall’s fit-out business to an industry-leading position. After taking a year out he’s ‘got the band back together’ at BW Interiors and is thinking big again


Are QSs fit for purpose? Your views

25 Jun 15

Readers react to our recent feature on QSs failure to price projects accurately


Deep retrofit project to EnerPHit standard of the 1720s terraced mews house by Grosvenor Britain and Ireland

Whole-life carbon: Retrofit vs EnerPHit

25 Jun 15

Assessments show retrofit to EnerPHit level, the Passivhaus retrofit standard, can reduce whole-life carbon emissions by 40% compared to typical Part L

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Election special


Letter: The challenge in our cities

25 Jun 15

A reader responds to Richard Kauntze’s article on intelligent cities


Are QSs fit for purpose? Your views

25 Jun 15

Readers react to our recent feature on QSs failure to price projects accurately


The new block features a translucent facade faced with polycarbonate sheeting

Graveney School: Shining example

24 Jun 15

Tooting’s Graveney School teaches architecture to its schoolchildren, invites architects to lecture, and counts architects among its alumni



Hansom: Withering Heights

26 Jun 15

A lot of people are at the top of their game this week, with guest appearances from Marcus Trescothick and Ellie Goulding, and the architect of One Blackfriars looking to the stars - but someone else is in the doghouse

Project news

Design Musuem top floor

Willmott Dixon bags £20m Design Museum fit-out

29 Jun 15

The Design Museum has appointed Willmott Dixon Interiors for the £20m fit-out of its new home

Birmingham Curzon HS2

Transport officials warned HS2 was 'unaffordable' in 2012

26 Jun 15

Suppressed MPA report on HS2 quietly released amid furore over Network Rail

Trinity Islands

Allied London reveals 'vertical village' for Manchester

26 Jun 15

Details of vertical village in Manchester revealed by Allied London.

Old Admiralty

BAM wins Old Admiralty refurb

16 Jun 15

The Department of Education has said that BAM is its preferred contractor for the fit out of its new headquarters.

health useful

Kier bags huge health contract haul

16 Jun 15

Kier has been awarded contracts valued at £247m under the ProCure21+ framework.

22 Bishopsgate thumb

Lipton Rogers and PLP unveil 22 Bishopsgate tower

15 Jun 15

New designs for 22 Bishopsgate have been put on display at the site for public view

Sketch of the week


Sketch of the week: Blue Mosque

26 Jun 15

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Félicie Krikler, associate director at Assael Architecture

Women in engineering

Image of the week: Engineering a change of perception

26 Jun 15

Claire Perry MP joins female engineers to mark National Women in Engineering Day


Sarah Richardson

Something is rotten...

26 Jun 15

As parliament mulls its options for refurbishing the Palace of Westminster, it could learn from what happens when an estate is left to ruin


Richard McCarthy

Housing: Use your imagination

26 June 2015 | By Richard McCarthy

In the quest to create more homes, we need to help and incentivise local authorities to think outside the box to identify sites for development, and perhaps even more critically, redevelopment


A worker applies Sika Sarnafil’s  G410-18ELF PVC membrane to the roof of The Hive Worcester Library and History Centre, in accordance with CDM regulations

CPD 9 2015: Introduction to CDM

29 Jun 15

The latest module in our CPD series outlines the recent changes to the CDM regulations, and explains how they will affect the way that project teams work. This module is sponsored by Sika Roofing

From the archive

This week

This week in 2011

26 Jun 15

The 11th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Peter Zumthor, opens


Peter Hibberd

Overpayment: Rare need for redress

26 Jun 15 | By Peter Hibberd

It should be difficult to overpay on an interim payment but when it does occur, should there be an express term providing for repayment?

Karen Mason

Exclusivities: Exclusive arrangements

26 Jun 15 | By Karen Mason

Exclusivity or lock out agreements are becoming increasingly common. But what are the benefits and why are they so popular all of a sudden?

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